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Loy Norrix Students Rally for Gun Control

Sehvilla Mann

Students at Loy Norrix High School in Kalamazoo are joining their peers at other schools around the country in calling for stricter laws on guns. Hundreds of students rallied in front of the school over lunch on Wednesday, then walked to Kilgore Road where some briefly stood in the roadway before heading back inside.

Participants carried signs that said “protect kids, not guns,” and “pray for Florida,” the scene of a deadly school shooting one week ago.

Andrew Armenta is a senior at Loy Norrix. He says he hopes that lawmakers will enact stricter gun laws when they see how students feel about gun-related violence.

“We do have a voice and we deserve to be treated fairly and have a say in what goes on in gun violence especially in school shootings,” he said.

Trinity Austin is also a senior. “I’m tired of seeing like so many school shootings in America, and it’s just so sad to see all the time,” she said.

Austin says she would like to see stricter controls on guns, but doesn’t know if the laws will change during the Trump presidency. She said students are planning a “bigger and better” rally for March 14.

News Channel Three reports that middle school students at the Maple Street Magnet School held a similar walkout.

Sehvilla Mann joined WMUK’s news team in January 2014 as a reporter on the local government and education beats. Before that she covered a variety of topics, including environmental issues, for Bloomington, Indiana NPR and PBS affiliates WFIU and WTIU. She’s also written and produced stories for the Pacifica Network and WYSO Public Radio in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Sehvilla holds a B.A. in French from Earlham College and an M.A. in journalism from Indiana University.